Saturday, May 13, 2006

Annie Smithers Bistrot, Kyneton

You don't often see chicken livers on a breakfast menu. And it's not like I stumbled out of bed this morning thinking "mmm... I feel like a bit of liver." But there it was... chicken livers, bacon and spinach on toast. One of several tempting dishes on offer at Annie Smithers Bistrot, 72 Piper Street, Kyneton, Tel +61 3 5422 2039. I love the smell of offal in the morning.


If liver doesn't float your boat, I can also vouch for the eggs benedict (slightly under-poached but with good quality ham and an excellent tarragon-infused hollandaise), the corn fritters (with delicious thick-cut organic free-range bacon), the poached eggs (with a generous side of smoked salmon and spinach) and the croque monsieur (not bad, but a bit heavy on bread and light on filling).

The problem for Melbournians is that you have to drive an hour and a bit to Kyneton in order to enjoy these treats. But Kyneton is a dinky little town, so it makes for a good road trip. We even stumbled on a Saturday morning farmers' market.

inside annie

The venue is country style with a touch of France, ie, Parisien cafe chairs with a nice blue and white weave. Sandblasted brick and bluestone walls are softened by hanging Persian rugs, while high ceilings and big windows give the room a spacious - if chilly - feel (a fireplace would make all the difference in Winter). And I was very pleased to see a Peugeot pepper grinder, and cool little eggs-shaped salt shakers, on every table. Real cloth napkins, too.

16/20 "mmm... liver"


Eggs & Bacon $8.50 BB100 -15%

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Blogger flexnib said...

I don't know of a single place in Perth that serves liver for breakfast! What a pity - I'd definitely order it!!

14/5/06 08:51  
Blogger Audrey Cooks said...

Great breakfast blog! Luv it! will always be back ... btw, couldn't resist, I linked u. Hope u don't mind. Cheers!

17/5/06 00:50  
Blogger Jamie Wodetzki said...

Link away Audrey, and enjoy the eggs.

22/5/06 22:13  
Blogger Jamie Wodetzki said...

Annie Smithers now has a chef's hat, courtesy of the 2007 Good Food Guide, and I've been there twice since.

The scrambled eggs were good (if a bit skimpy) and the eggs benedict even better.

And they put a tea cosy on the teapot.

17/9/06 18:57  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Mum knits the tea cosies and little ones for the boiled eggs!
Funny thing about scrambled eggs, I've never understood the rationale of two eggs for poached and fried, but three eggs and cream for scrambled. Maybe someone can enlighten me?

15/10/06 21:33  

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